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Signing of Memorandum of Agreement on the Implementation of 2u1i Work-based Learning Programmes

Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) in International Relations and Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) in Social Innovation & Change are two new Bachelor programmes at Taylor’s University to be launched in March 2021. This programme is very distinctive from other Bachelor of Social Science in South East Asia as it will apply the work-based learning method that combines 2-years university learning with 1 one year of industrial training.

To realise the implementation of work-based learning, the two Bachelor of Social Science programmes have signed several Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) relevant national and international organisations. The MOA applies for 5 years duration sealed the closer relationship between Taylor’s University and partner institution for one-year industrial placement for the students of Bachelor of Social Science offered via 2u1i mode at the partner’s industrial site for one year. In October 2020, the programmes have sealed the agreement with four new partners namely, Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO), North-South Initiative (NSI), A Foundation for the Disable and Underpriviledge (YOKUK) and Yayasan Anak Warisan Alam Malaysia (YAWA).

Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) is one of the first organisation that collaborates with Bachelor of Social Science programme. WAO has provided free shelter, counselling, and crisis support to women and children who experience abuse since 1983. It also helps women and their children to rebuild their lives, after surviving domestic violence, rape, trafficking, and other atrocities. While at the same time learning from these women's experiences, WAO advocates to improve public policies and shift public mindsets. The student from Bachelor of Social Science will be placed for a one-year industrial training at WAO for managing and leading projects that relate with the issues that WAO advocates.

North-South Initiative (NSI) is the second organisation that signed the MOA with the Bachelor of Social Science in October 2020. North-South Initiative (NSI) is a cross sector-based consortium to help bridge solidarity and equality gaps between the North and South countries in terms of human rights and social justice. It provides an empowerment platform for youths (including marginalized youths) as it brings in experiential learning on environment coupled with personal, social and eco-entrepreneurism development programmes. NSI’s activities include:

  1. Strategic Organizing and Protection of Migrant Workers in Malaysia

  2. Empowering Local Farmers with Knowledge on the Impact of Globalization on Agriculture and Developing Natural Farming Based Solutions

  3. Capacity Building of Youth for Social Action and Environmental Justice

  4. Conflict Resolution and Peace Building

  5. The “Roots to Fruits” Manual Production and Training on Integrity

  6. Regionalism for Social Justice in South East Asia

A Foundation for the Disabled and Underprivileged (YOKUK) is the third organisation with whom the Bachelor of Social Science students will work for the final year of studies. YOKUK is a charity organization established for the past 20 years in Kelantan. It is originally established to alleviate the plight of people with disabilities and to give them a meaningful life. It has a one-stop centre located at Jalan Padang Tembak, Pengkalan Chepa, Kelantan and provides various forms of training, therapy and welfare services beyond people with disabilities. YOKUK activities include:

  1. Multidisciplinary therapy services: Physical therapy, hippotherapy, sensory therapy, hydrotherapy, music, arts & drama therapy

  2. Palliative care through YOKUK @ Sayang Homecare

  3. Educational services: Vocational Training, workshop and seminars, parent support group

Yayasan Anak Warisan Alam Malaysia (YAWA) is the fourth organisation that signed an MOA with Bachelor of Social Science, Taylor’s University. YAWA is an Environmental Education Foundation established in October 1996 with the tagline of “Committed to Changing Young Lives”. It is recognized as a UNEP Global 500 Laureate in the Youth Category (2001) and a member of Global 500 Environmental Forum. It is an empowerment platform for youths (including marginalized youths) as it provides experiential learning on environment coupled with personal, social and eco-entrepreneurism development programmes. YAWA activities include:

  1. Greening for a Sustainable Future

  2. Love Mangrove, Love Life

  3. Jom ke Kebun

  4. Experimental Organic Farm

  5. Free-Range Chicken

  6. Eco-sailing Expedition

  7. Eco Cycling Expedition


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